Dick Gallagher, former director of the Pro Football Hall of Fame an
CANTON, Ohio (AP) _ Dick Gallagher, former director of the Pro Football Hall of Fame and a former assistant coach with the Cleveland Browns, died Wednesday. He was 85.
Gallagher, who had cancer of the esophagus, died at his home in North Canton.
Gallagher became director of the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1968. He was an assistant coach with the Browns from 1947 to 1949. He served as an end coach for the Chicago Cardinals in 1953, but returned to the Browns as assistant coach and director of personnel in 1955.
Gallagher left the Browns to become general manager of the Buffalo Bills from 1960 to 1967. During his tenure, the Bills won AFL championships in 1964 and 1965. Gallagher joined the San Francisco 49ers as a personnel scout in 1967 before taking the job as director of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, where he remained until 1975.
Gallagher was head coach in basketball and baseball and assistant football coach at William and Mary College in 1946.
Karlo Funeral Home in North Canton was handling the funeral arrangements, which were pending Wednesday.
Gallagher is survived by his wife, June, and two daughters.